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good evening. we begin keeping them honest with blood on the streets in syria and blood on the hands of a dictator who promises reform but continues to kill his own people. watch. [ gunfire ] >> human rights organizations put the death toll today upwards of 75. that number appears to be rising. peaceful protesters fired upon. it's impossible to independently confirm the number of people killed. one protester tells us it was like hell today. there were protests throughout syria. watch as one person tried to retrieve the body of a dead protester. [ gunfire ] >> driven back by more gunfire. the violent response, the protest comes one day after the syrian regime lifted its state
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of emergency that has been in effect since 1963. syria now claiming people have the right to protest peacefully, but that claim is clearly false. under the new guidelines, the syrian dictatorship must approve any demonstration. this is, of course, the same dictatorship that says the protesters are part of a conspiracy of islamic militants and foreign forces. so who would apply for a permit to protest and risk being labelled a conspirator? as for the gunmen who fire into crowds, security forces in syria still have legal immunity, so they can do whatever they want and not be prosecuted. that's how syria's dictator rules, through fear and his security services. nevertheless, what we are all witnessing is extraordinary, that so many are still demonstrating, even though the government continues to crack down. here's what one protester told me earlier today. >> two months ago it was like a dream that the syrians have the courage to go to the streets and protest. and now more than 48 yirs under
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emergency rule, it was no way to protest and i thought that the syrians would never protest. but i see now it's unbelievable. >> like a miracle, unbelievable he says. this evening the white house issued a statement condemning the crackdown. the syrian government's moves yesterday to repeal syria's decades old emergency law and allow for peaceful demonstrations were not serious given the continued violent repression against protesters today. the syrian people have called for the freedoms that all individuals around the world should enjoy and president asaid and the syrian authorities have repeatedly rejected their calls and chosen the path of repression. in a moment, i'll talk to the former u.s. ambassador to syria, but first another protester i talked to earlier today, says two protesters next to him were shot dead, in syria's third largest city today. what have you seen today? >> we had peaceful demonstrations, protesting against the government. there were about 200 or 300
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people and when they start to move to connect towards other demonstrations, they start to shoot at us. >> how many people did you see getting hit? >> two, two. they get shot in the head by snipers. they opened live bullets against us. they were shooting and aiming at our heads. and chests. they weren't aiming at our legs. >> i see a video that i think is video you shot of a person dressed in black laying down on the ground. is that the person you saw being shot, one of the people? >> yeah, yeah, that one got shot in the head. >> what happened to that person? >> we don't know. people put them in the car and we don't know where they took it, to hospital or to house. really we don't know. i even don't know his name. >> i see another video also where i believe taken by you
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where it's your perspective just running down the street. what is that? >> yeah. they were shooting and people were running like hell. everyone was screaming and they were holding the injured one and put it in a car. everyone is running because they are shooting everywhere. so it was like hell. >> so there's an injured person in that car? >> yes. >> are you frightened? >> yeah, of course. everyone is frightened. today it is a ghost city. no one ever went out -- no one gets out to the streets. all the city is closed. all the city -- restaurants, everything. every kind of shop is closed today. earlier i was frightened, i was running, bullets everywhere. people were in the house, children were crying. it was like hell today. >> you're frightened yet you're speaking out.
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and you are demonstrating. why is that so important for you now? >> because the world needs to know of our cause, our rights for demands. i am 25 years old and i never lived in freedom. i'm afraid now to speak by my real name, speak to you through my phone. the only way is to protect. we need our rights. we need our rightful demands, like our brothers in egypt and tunis and everywhere. >> do you think freedom will come? do you think it's possible? >> i hope so. after all this blood, i hope so. really, i hope so. because they didn't leave us any way, just to protest. it's better to die than to live without freedom. that's what every syrian people say today. i prepare to die than to live without freedom. >> it was said to be the bloodiest day so far in syria.
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do you think the protests will stop? >> no, no, of course not. today, 88 people died. people are angry, all this blood, the government is lying to us. they say they took off the emergency law. and then they kill all these people today? so everybody is going out tomorrow. we have funerals, we have dead people. we can't betray this blood. >> you can't betray the blood of those who died? >> yeah. that's right. >> thank you for your bravery. please be careful. be well. thank you. >> thank you very much. i want to bring in someone now with deep knowledge of syria. ted kattouf served as american ambassador to syria. ambassador, did these people stand a chance against such brutal violence? >> first of all, you have to admire their courage. i can't tell you how much i
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respect what they're trying to do. but at the same time, unfortunately repression, if used repeatedly, ruthlessly, brutally, can work. we saw that in iran and i'm afraid we could see it in syria. >> and yet, we're still seeing demonstrators pour into the street. has it not reached a critical mass that could really create cracks in the regime? >> well, as you know all too well, anderson, we don't have foreign press, a free press in there covering the events. so it's hard to know. but what i do know is we have not really seen massive demonstrations in damascus. many of the people demonstrating in damascus have come in from the countryside or the surrounding villages, and there are millions of people in damascus, most of them sunni arabs, another couple million alepo, and we have not seem them
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yet cast their vote, if you will. >> and the free press is another thing this regime lies about. i talked to an employee of the british embassy, a spokesperson for the british embassy a couple weeks ago, the only syrian government we've been able to get on the program, and he claims, look, we're just processing foreign journalist paperwork. we're understaffed. clearly they've had time to let foreign reporters in. and even those that are there, they won't let them leave damascus. it's just another lie coming out of this regime. assad has talked about reform through the years. he talked about it when he came to power 11 years ago. he talked about it in 2005, i think around the time of the baath party conference, and he's still promising it. it doesn't take 11 years to make some kind of reform, does it? >> of course it doesn't. he looks to the chinese model as his guide. he thought, well, i can bring some prosperity to syria, i can
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ease things economically, create a stock market, private banks, more license for business and the like. but he still wanted to keep an iron grip on the politics of syria. and that's the way things have played out over these 11 years. >> what would it take for protesters to be able to really make some sort of crack in the regime? because they have now, as you well know, when they started this they weren't calling for, you know, the downfall of the regime, they weren't calling for assad to be out of power. now you see them -- we're looking at them right now, breaking statues of him, of his dad, actively calling for that. >> it's tragic but the fact of the matter is, syria is not a homogenous population. about 07% of the country is sunni arab. but you have kurds, christians, islamic groups, offshoots of shi'aism, like the alowes who were at one time the most
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downtrodden group in syria. but now a clique of alowese controls the security services, key positions in the military. and we have plenty of allies. i don't mean to suggest it's all alowese. many alowese have never benefitted from this regime and many urban sunnis have. so there's a coalition of interests here. and the demonstrations would have to get much, much larger and stretch the capacity of the regime security services to the point where some people thought about maybe making their own deals and abandoning assad. >> thank you, ambassador. >> thanks. let us know what you think on facebook or twitter. breaking news next, out of libya as more air strikes hit tripoli tonight. the question is, was gadhafi targeted tonight? getting late word of a strike near his compound. the libyan regime says there were fatalities. we're trying to find out the details on that. also, will gadhafi's troops pull out of misurata?
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they say they're going to. the opposition forces there are said to be celebrating. we have live reports after the break. later, sebastian junger and i remember photojournalist tim hetherington, killed this week in libya. tim and sebastian worked together in afghanistan, documents the inhumanity of war. >> what just happened? >> we just [ bleep ] walking down the hill and i think we were the target. it was very close over our head, incoming. it was like sniper fire, five rounds or so. >> that's tim hetherington, hard to believe he's gone. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity... and making a substantial investment to improve your wireless network experience.
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of course, you can remember now for weeks the gadhafi regime has been saying they control all of misurata. so yet again another not true statement from the gadhafi regime. an opposition spokesman saying the regime is simply trying to save safe by saying they're going to leave it up to the tribes. meantime, senator john mccain made a surprise visit to benghazi, calling for greater commitment from the white house. >> we have prevented the worst outcome. now we need to increase our support so that the libyan people can achieve the only satisfactory outcome to this mass protest of universal rights, the end of gadhafi's rule and beginning of a peaceful and inclusive transition to democracy that will benefit all libyans. >> he says the international community needs to speed the flow of weapons and training to the opposition but doesn't favor putting american troops in libya. more now with fred pleitgen joins us. he is in tripoli. and in benghazi, reza sayah.
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fred, are you still hearing planes in the skies? absolutely still hearing planes in the skies. and the air raids still seem to be going on in tripoli. the last big explosion that we had was less than a minute ago. so it appears that those explosions are still going on. i would say we've heard close to a dozen pretty big explosions in an around the tripoli area tonight. one of those, of course, apparently coming from the compound, which is gadhafi's compound. and you mentioned they said that there were three fatalities in that air strike, the government saying three people killed when a bomb or rocket hit a parking lot. and i can tell you that we go into that parking lot sometimes when we enter that compound and there are anti-aircraft guns in the direct vicinity of that parking lot. so we're not sure what happened, whether it's true that people were killed in that air strike. however, there are air strikes going on and it does appear as there were some in central tripoli tonight.
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we are still trying to get more information on whether or not people were killed. >> fred, what do you make of the libyan government saying they're pulling out of misurata? they say they're leaving the fight to the tribes. the spokesman for the rebel military command says if gadhafi leaves misurata, the game is over, it's a significant move. what do you make of it? does it make sense that they would leave this up to the tribes, is this just face saving? >> well, we can tell you -- >> it certainly -- >> i'm sorry. >> it does look like a lot like face saving. it comes at an interesting time, of course. it comes on a day when the rebels say they've taken over central misurata, they've ousted gadhafi forces and the snipers who were causing a lot of havoc. and now comes a statement the army is withdrawing and the tribes are taking over. essentially what the deputy libyan foreign minister told me sa that he said the tribes have approach the libyan military and
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told them they weren't making headway, and the tribes that are loyal to moammar gadhafi would have to take over, they would hold negotiations with the rebels and if the rebelling didn't respond, they would move in and use violence. the big trouble with that is that the deputy foreign minister always seems to make a differentiation between the rebels, as he calls them, and the people of misurata. but clearly, many of the folks i met in misurata said that it is all the people who are doing this uprising. so therefore, they say, as you said, that this is clearly a fact that moammar gadhafi's army has lost the battle inside central misurata. they've been forced to withdraw from that area and are trying to make that retreat look as though it's a responsible withdrawal. >> reza, what do you make of libyan forces pulling out of misurata, if in fact they do this, it remains to be seen whether or not they're going to do it? >> reporter: we can tell you the reaction of the rebel leaders.
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they actually laughed at this. they're extremely skeptical at this news, they're skeptical that it's true. they suspect it could be yet another ploy by the gadhafi regime and trap them in some sort of way. they do believe they're making significant progress in misurata. capturing, securing, holding on to key spots. but as far as the regime forces pulling out and handing over the remains to the tribes for them to take over, they're extremely skeptical. as far as the tribes go, they continue to say the tribes are one of us. they are with us. they would never fight us. they're on our side. so they're happy with the progress they're making but not celebrating as of yet. they say misurata is in their control, but they don't believe that this is a retreat by the regime forces and then handing over responsibilities to the tribes. >> reza, how was mccain greeted in benghazi today?
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>> reporter: well, they liked him before, but i think they're going to like him more than ever, because he came in here and he really energized the opposition. you know, don't be surprised if you see american flags waving here in the next few days in the capital of benghazi. because he came here and essentially told the opposition everything that they wanted to hear. he praised the uprising. he said it was a powerful example of what freedom can be. he said he was here to find out what the opposition wanted and he was going to go back and press the obama administration to do more. of course, mr. mccain wasn't here as a representative of the white house and the administration. everything that he said should be done will not automatically be heeded by the obama administration, certainly. but he said the u.s. should finally recognize the opposition officially as the legitimate authority of the people, that nato should step up air attacks and said the u.s. should facilitate the delivery of
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weapons to the opposition and when we pressed them on exactly what he meant by the facilitating of weapons, linked to the '80s and how the u.s. spent a lot of money in helping the jihadists during the afghan jihad against the soviets get weapons, he said something similar like that could happen. but it's not clear if the administration is thinking about that or how close they are to getting something like that done here on the ground. >> obviously some of those weapons given to the mujahadin ended up in the wrong hands down the road. fred, appreciate the reporting, reza, as well. still ahead, tim hetherington died in misurata this week. anyone who saw tim at work knew he was an extraordinary photographer, remarkable human being. sebastian junger spent months with tim in afghanistan making a oscar nominated film. i'll talk to sebastian coming up about moments like this one he spent with tim. [ machine gunfire ] >> solo, same spot.
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well, it's impossible to know how many people have died in libya since february. there's so much we can't confirm firsthand. we do know two more journalists were killed this week and one was a friend. tim hetherington on the left in this picture, and chris hondros on the right, died from shrapnel wounds while covering the story. both were extraordinary photographers, fearless and deeply talented. i didn't know chris personally. i spent a week with tim with the marines in afghanistan and seen him just a few months ago, as well. we'll talk with sebastian junger, who was very close with tim, a friendship forged in a lot of dangerous places over the years. for many who knew him, it is hard to believe that tim is gone. of all the places tim hetherington had been, the wars others had forgotten, turned away from, of all the risks he had taken and luck he had tested, it's hard to believe his life ended this week in misurata. this is the last known photograph of tim before he died, climbing a ladder with rebel forces.
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a famous war photographer, chris hondros, was with him and the rebels and took these pictures. he died as well. in places like this, there are no rules, no clear lines. death is near. life pulses through your veins. that is where tim wanted to be. tim hetherington was the kind of person you felt lucky to be around. he was smart, funny, quick to laugh, even though he had seen things few people can imagine. he wasn't just a photographer, he was an artist. in still photos and videos, he took you into the action, to the front line of a conflict. but he wasn't just there to capture the fighting. he wanted to learn about people and his pictures are intensely personal. in "restrepo," the movie he made with sebastian junger, he spent months living at a u.s. army outpost in afghanistan under constant attack. >> i think we were the target. it was very close over our head. >> it's a film about the war in afghanistan, but really a film
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about young men in combat and the bonds that exist between them. tim lived and worked in liberia for years during and after the civil war. this is him there. i like this photo because you really see how he worked. there he is, this tall, dashing white guy yet in a weird way he totally blends in. he immersed himself in a place, with a group of people, he would lose himself and his subjects would let down their guard and peeking out from their rifles, they would allow tim to see who they really were. >> i make pictures to try to understand what is happening there. >> a few months ago he put together a short film, weaving together images he had taken over the last ten years. in it, you see the disparate strands that tugged at tim's heart. his fascination with conflict, his desire to document and witness it. but also the disconnect, distance and danger can make you feel for your own life back home. i saw tim a few months ago. we joked about a photograph he had taken of me in afghanistan i
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have never shown anyone. this is it. i really liked the photo but i always worried people would think it was posed or the helicopter had been photo shopped in. it wasn't, of course. tim had just been a few steps ahead of me and seen something i hadn't. tim was always a few steps ahead of everyone. all good photographers are. they see the possibility of the picture before it even happens. tim saw things others didn't. he was willing to risk everything to make some semblance of sense out of it all for himself and all of us. tim was just 40 years old. i told myself he died doing what he loved but that doesn't really help. tim is dead. he shouldn't be. i hope he didn't suffer. i hope he didn't feel alone at the end. he died in a far away place. i hope soon he will finally return home. "restrepo," the documentary he made with sebastian junger is an amazing film. if you haven't seen it, you should. also, the film "diary" that he made is also available on youtube.
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i urge you to watch it. tim and sebastian spent months in afghanistan filming a platoon of u.s. soldiers. it was one of the most dangerous places in afghanistan at the time. they didn't win an oscar but they gave the world a vivid view of war and the people who fight it. i talked to sebastian junger earlier today. where were you when you heard about tim? >> i was at my home, in my apartment in new york city. and i got a phone call that tim might have been injured. i knew he was in misurata and i was very worried about him in misurata. i've never done this before, but i searched for his name on twitter and immediately it came up, tim hetherington, killed in misurata. >> that's how you found out? >> i didn't know it was true but that's how i found out. >> what do you think -- what was different about tim? what made you work with him for so long? >> god, what was different about tim? you know, he was interested in human dignity.
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he was a war photographer, and he and i made a movie together and he did a lot of amazing things. but ultimately, he was interested in human dignity around the world. that was true in the, you know, the destroyed streets of monrovia in liberia where he lived for years after the war. who covers a war and then lives in that country for a few years just as a resident? and then on the streets of new york. he carried this with him everywhere. it affected his work profoundly and made people want to be around him. >> it's interesting, in "restrepo," in his still photographs, even though he's covering conflict and "restrepo" is a film about the war in afghanistan, it's really a film about people and the bonds that develop between brothers in arms. a lot of his work seems intensely -- it's focusing on individuals. you really get a sense of the people behind the rifles in a way that you don't in a lot of -- a lot of other war photographers are covering like
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the bang-bang stuff and tim was there in the midst of it, but his pictures are intensely personal. >> you know, we realized when we were out there that the actual combat was pretty repetitive. i mean, guys shooting guns look pretty much the same everywhere. it's falsely -- it's dramatic, but it's only dramatic for a certain amount of time. and then what really is interesting out there is how people connect with each other in that situation. he had this idea, i think it's true, that war is one of the few situations where men are free to really express their affection for each other. i mean, not just the like of each other, but physically, like hugging each other, touching each other. a lot of his work showed that. it showed soldiers with their arms around each other, young men loney and scared or just wanted to grab somebody for a moment and give them a hug, and you see that in his work. and suddenly you understand his work wasn't about war but about
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young men and how they relate to each other. how they relate to the world. >> tim wrote and said in interviews that his work was very personal, that it wasn't just about being an objective reporter, that it was a search for finding his own place in kind of the order of things. >> yes. i think tim was a bit of a mystery to himself at times. he was so incredibly functional. i mean, he multitasked at a higher rpm than anyone i've ever met. i don't know how he did it actually. and i think in all of that brilliant activity, he sometimes would kind of lose himself a bit. and i think in his work, he was -- i mean, he was trying to get at the humanity of these stories, and personally, as his friend, i feel like he was also trying to get at his own humanity. i mean, the heart that was in there inside this functional
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machine that he was as a reporter. >> i was saying that at least in the brief time we spent together in afghanistan, i felt lucky to be in his company, because he -- he had this great laugh, this great smile, and you felt like you were in the right place when you were around him. >> yeah. everyone that i know who knows him felt lucky to know him. when i started working with him, i mean, i hope, i think the feeling was mutual, but i just thought, this is the guy. we were trying to do something very difficult with this movie "restrepo," and i don't think there are many people i could have worked with where it would have worked. and i met tim and instantly i was like, he's thinking differently. he's incredibly brave. i want to play just some of tim talking in an interview i think he did with becky anderson at cnn about his work and how he worked. >> often when i'm working in a very pressured situation, i can almost flip the off switch and go into a default of filming.
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later on i come to and it shocks me what i've done. and that's just something i've been able to do, and that is perhaps why i continue -- why i realize i'm good at what i do. >> fire! >> but it does have a side that is very dangerous, being in the congo and firefights and realizing -- a guy said to me, i was filming close range and he said, did you see the tracers pass between our heads? and i hadn't. you know, later on, i saw the trees behind me shot up and i realized we were very exposed. i'm in default, and that can be a funny thing later to understand. >> what was he like to work with? he and i worked together just briefly in afghanistan. to me he always seemed a few steps ahead and kind of visualizing photographs before they -- before they actually occurred, he was sort of in the spot to capture the action once it got to that photograph. >> he was very reassuring working with tim. on the one hand you knew he was
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this big, strong, capable courageous guy and he would physically get the job done. but he was also -- he had this mind -- i don't know what he ate as a kid, but his mind was incredible. he could sort of track -- he was like a brilliant chess player, except he was playing chess with reality the and storey. and he could kind of track visually what was happening and what was going to happen and where we all needed to be to shoot a scene or to -- he just had it all going on in his head way before it was even happening. and he would kind of orchestrate it. i mean, i know how to turn on a video camera and point it at someone shooting a gun. a monkey could do that. but tim had the whole thing played out ten minutes in advance, and, you know, without that, there's no art, there's no -- there would be no "restrepo." he really was understanding the world in a very, very profound way.
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well, as you may have heard by now, maybe you haven't, this time next week, prince william and kate middleton will be husband and wife. they'll be married next friday morning at westminister abby in london. the wedding will probably be a lavish royal affair watched by people all over the world. despite the extravagance expected, it seems that everybody who knows the couple say they're pretty down-to-earth people. one correspondent says that
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william doesn't even like to be addressed as prince, that he likes people to call him william. the bride and groom met in college and found romance, which hit the skids at one point. that was before they got back together. tom foreman with a look at their relationship. >> reporter: the wedding of prince charles and princess diana drew one of the biggest global tv audiences ever. and now their first son's engagement appears to be setting the stage for much the same. william is just behind his father to become king of england. and his engagement to a woman who grew up in the middle class is a sensation. >> it's quite a daunting prospect, but i take it in stride. but william is a great teacher. >> reporter: kate middleton grew up just outside of london. her parents, self-made millionaires from selling children's party supplies, raised kate and her two younger siblings in a modest household.
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william met kate when they were university students at st. andrews in scotland. it's rumored she caught his attention in this see-through dress at a charity fashion show. they were friends first. sharing an apartment with two other students for a year before dating. she was studying art history, he was too. but she is widely credited him to get him to change to geography when he seemed ready to drop out all together. they were first seen as a couple at the end of 2004, skiing in switzerland. first broke up about four years ago. >> we were both young, it was at university and we were sort of both defining ourselves as such and being different characters and stuff. >> reporter: it led to a summer of on again, off again dating. >> at the time, i wasn't very happy about it. but actually it made me a stronger person. you find out things about yourself that maybe hadn't realized or i think you can get consumed by a relationship when you're younger.
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i really valued that time, for me as well. although i didn't think it at the time. >> reporter: the two were seen during the split at a concert honoring the laid diana, but sitting rows apart from each other. months later this video surfaced of them leaving a nightclub in london. william proposed to kate in october of last year, while on vacation in kenya. since their engagement, they have been spotted at various public events, including a boat naming and dedication. now they live with one another on an island, off the coast of wales. william is 28, kate is 29. both still speak of life goals like any 20 somethings. he has his military career, and several charities. she's shown past interest in photography. so why the long wait for engagement? the gulf between his royal life and her regular upbringing is at
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least part of it. >> i wanted to give her a chance to see and to back out if she needed to. i'm not trying to learn from lessons in the past, and i just wanted to give her the best chance to settle in and see what happens the other side. >> reporter: as for children in their plans? >> i think we'll take it one step at a time. we'll sort of get over the marriage thing first, then look at kids. >> reporter: for now, the next big step is down the aisle. tom foreman, cnn. >> the tale of two loves. >> yes. i must say, i'm getting kind of excited about the wedding. >> you are? >> yeah, it's a week away. i'm going to be going there. i'm looking forward to helping in our coverage and it's going to be exciting. >> i think it's going to be really, really exciting. i think that, you know, everyone is really looking forward to just seeing this happen. it will be a great moment, a moment that is full of joy away from a lot of the things that have been in the news cycle. >> they also seem like two nice people that one can talk to.
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they seem very down to earth, especially given his background and how he could have turned out. he seems like he's very much a genuine person. >> the thing with kate is, the comments made by her close friends paint the picture of a very level headed, hardworking, diligent young woman. some people are saying they're a little bit boring. i think that's unfair. >> as a boring person, i'm fine with people being boring. they're not boring. the whole world is interested in them. they're not looking to make news which i think is a wise thing. >> and how is your prep going? you've been away from us for a week. i assume that's because -- >> i was off for a couple days but i brought my binder of royal information and read it a lot. so i'm much more up to date, though i'm still having trouble with what you call the queen on the second reference. >> anderson, i would like to
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remind our viewers or show our viewers the state that you were in just a couple of days ago. let's roll the tape, guys. here's the thing. >> if you meet the queen, you say your majesty. on the second meeting, you say mom. >> is it ma'am? >> mom. >> not ma'am like ham? >> no, not ma'am like ham. there's a difference. it's not ma'am like ham, it's mom. >> you're going to be with other -- >> is piers morgan wearing one of those morning suits? >> i don't know. >> i wouldn't put it past him. i bet he is. >> would you wear a morning suit? >> no. >> why not? >> i don't see the point. i'm not going to spend money and buy a morning suit. i don't know what a morning suit is. >> this is what it says on the invitation for this wedding. it says, uniform, morning coat or lounge suit. >> right. first of all, we're not invited to the wedding. none of us are invited.
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>> technicality. you should wear a morning suit, because i -- >> that's like a leprechaun hat you bought at some halloween costume store. >> be quiet and put it on. >> this is not a real top hat. >> put it on. >> you didn't even take the tag off. >> i didn't have time. >> it's 100% polyester. cnn went all out. >> put it on. >> i have a big head. it doesn't fit. i could wear it at an angle like this. top of the morning to you, mom. serious stuff ahead. breaking news, tornado touching down, doing damage at the st. louis airport. video information coming in. and a judge throwing the back at lindsay lohan. see what happens with that. the very specific tattoo. this is a bizarre story. a tattoo that got a gang member convicted of murder. maybe it's not a good idea to have the crime scene inked on one's chest. note to self.
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following a number of other stories tonight. let's check in with isha. she has the "360" news and business bulletin. more breaking news. a tornado touched down a short time ago at st. louis international airport, causing considerable damage. we're told a roof or part of it has come off one terminal, the windows have been blown out, leaving glass everywhere and there are power outages at the airport. and some people were injured. the fbi has released three photos of man they call a possible suspect in what appears
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to be an attempt to bomb a shopping mall in colorado. these photos were captured on a bus leaving the shopping center on wednesday. turns out that day was the 12th anniversary of the massacre at nearby columbine high school. lindsay lohan was taken into custody today and ordered to spend four months in jail. a judge said she violated probation with the theft of a necklace. the judge reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. bail was set at $75,000 on the probation violation and she is expected to post it. and be released. a california gang member was convicted of murder thanks to his tattoos. ktla reports that anthony garcia's body art predicts a man being shot by a helicopter under the heading "rivera killed." now, that very crime happened in 2004. rivera kills, and garcia's gang
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name is chopper. drivers are facing gas prices hitting $5. but get this, a gas station in florida is charging $5.69 for a gallon of regular, and $5.79 for premium, said to be the highest prices in the nation. and last week we reported that a man sentenced to 23 years for plotting to blow up train stations in washington, d.c. during this report, we showed video of this man, who is not faruk ahmed, nor was he a defendant in the case. we apologize for this error. anderson? >> isha, thank you very much. we'll have you -- have a great weekend. i forgot, it's friday already. not sure why i just came back for one day but glad i did. >> we've been working all week. still ahead, how one man's thank you came a movement to pay it forward. this week's cnn hero when we come back. g.
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cnn is searching the globe for everyday heroes. we're accepting nominations until august 31st. this week we have jeff harness. he was changed by 9/11 and vowed never to forget the outpouring of support the city received after the attack. since 2004, he's been saying thank you, and he started a cycle of paying it forward that snowballed across the u.s. take a look. >> september 11th was a very tough time for the fire department. i lost some friends, guys i went to the academy with. the day afterwards, people came from everywhere to help us out. you knew you weren't alone. >> to see that outpouring of kindness and generosity was more powerful than the terrorist attack that happened. that really changed me. i just want to show the world that new yorkers will never forget what people did for us
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following 9/11. every year on the 9/11 anniversary, we take volunteers from new york and send them to some part of the country where they had a disaster and help folks rebuild. >> the tallest thing is the grain silo. it's a culture shock. >> rebuilding barns or homes or churches. it's our way to say thank you. >> half of our volunteers are not from new york. people from all the small towns we helped they keep showing up. they're from louisiana and california. >> we're going to pitch in as much as we can. >> this whole paying it forward thing is contagious. >> it's like a big dysfunctional family reunion of all these disaster survivors that get together to do a barn raising. >> it's the relationships that help you heal. >> it's about using the 9/11 anniversary to celebra
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